Vanuatu to host FIH World series one

THE Vanuatu Hockey Federation will be hosting the ‘World Series Round One’ of Hockey in Port Vila, at Wan Smol Bag Sports Field on August 15-18.

The Vanuatu Hockey Federation said participating countries are Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and the event will feature seniors and Vanuatu’s Under 18 national team.

Hockey Development Officer, Todd Kitto said this is an opportunity for Vanuatu players to show their hockey talent in the home crowd.

“Since Vanuatu is hosting the event, we see it as an opportunity for our Under 18 to take part as preparation towards their participation in the Youth Olympic in October in Argentina, though it’s a seniors competition,” he said.

Kitto said there will be 10 teams of both men and women taking part in the event.

“Points in the tournament will be taken to match up with the world ranking points for each of the teams and we are looking forward and inviting everyone to come down to Wan Smol Bag to watch the tournament,’’ he said.

“In the lunch break, each day we will run U15 boys and girls matches open to public to play.’’

It is free to the public.

Vanuatu is one of the younger members of Oceania Hockey Federation but has had significant growth in participation numbers and programs as a result of the partnership with Oceania Hockey Federation, FIH, Australian Hockey Federation and the Australian Government through their Pacific Sport Partnership program.

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